Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Happy plate...

Tuesday Recap:

6:40-7:30am:  Dance/2 sets of weights/1 minute plank/jogging mix

8:00am:  Hot Lemon Water

9:30am:  Breakfast- Coconut Pineapple Smoothie
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 110 cal Coconut Greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • Handful frozen pineapple
  • 1 tsp. Chia seeds
  • Drop of coconut extract (for extra coconut KICK!)

 1:00pm:  Lunch- Wheat Toast with Almond Butter
Let's just say I needed the quickest thing to shove into my face for lunch, because just as Katie & I were getting home from food shopping, I realized I was STARVVVVIINNNNNGGGGGGGG!  And before I had the chance to shove anything else in my mouth, I waited a beat while putting away all of our loot... 


Can't forget the all important lemons! 
I felt full by the time I had put away all of the groceries, but I was still craving to try one of my food finds from the trip:

2:00pm:  Snack #1:  Tortilla Pop Chips 
These were really good & really packed on the nacho cheese flavor...which, come on, is DEFINITELY the most important part!J  And a 16 chip serving size for 120 calories really hit the spot.

4:30pm:  Snack #2- Handful Trail Mix
At 4:30 I realized I wasn't going to make it to dinner without being a RAVAGED ANIMAL when I sat down to eat.  Fruit would have been a better 'health' choice, but I knew it wasn't going to do anything for my hunger without protein   So I just went for this pure protein trail mix of walnuts, pecans & sunflower seeds (and some dried cranberries).  Just that little handful held me over from not being FAMISHED.  Even though it doesn't seem like a rational idea to have a snack RIGHT before dinner, some times you need to take that extra step so you don't sit down to dinner just prepared to OVER eat...which would be way more calories than a handful of walnuts!

I think I would eat any vegetable as long as it's roasted.  Hell, I would eat my SHOE roasted.  The oven just makes veggies awesomeJ
(Not to mention that I love making purred soups because you barely even need to chop your veggies since your gonna hit em with the hand blender anyways!  Anything that saves time)

I added this cheddar to the soup... 
Here's where a 75% less fat cheese works well.  Would I eat it plain?  No.  Would I melt it in a sandwich  Probably not.  But just plain melted in a soup?  This is where you would NEVER notice that lack of fat and it doesn't change the flavor.  Pick your battles with 'low fat' products.  Some places (such as a grilled cheese with those nasty plastic nonfat cheese slices) you notice & it's a total disappointment   But places you wouldn't notice...why not give it a whirl??

(PS-and thanks for the instructions, CabotJ  That just made me laughJ

It did indeed MELT just at least it's not false advertisingJ

Smooth, flavorful and not very far off from tasting like baked potato soup...this soup was a big hit in our house...


8:00pm:  Dessert- 6 Trader Joe's chocolate covered peanut butter pretzels 
Probably from letting myself get EXTRA hungry at certain points today may have been the reason I was still pretty hungry and still CRAVING protein not very long after dinner.  It was a pretty easy choice to pick out these peanut butter filled pretzels as a dessert since I knew they'd give me that last little bump to feel satisfied.
OK, and let's not kid:  They are FREAKIN DELICIOUS!!!!!  These babies are enrobed in the smoothest, creamiest milk chocolate over salty pretzels.  My advice with these??  PORTION, PORTION, PORTION!!!  Just these 6 nuggets alone were 210 calories!  And if you're around an open bag of these, it is just TOO easy to pop ten one too many in your mouth without even noticing (trust me!)  Have your portion & move along.  It's the only way to enjoy it all without feeling gross. 

Better get today started!  I believe I hear a waffle calling my name as I typeJ  Have a great Wednesday!

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